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September 24, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Q&A with Washington nose tackle Danny Shelton

Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton takes down Idaho State quarterback Justin Arias for the first sack of his career. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton takes down Idaho State quarterback Justin Arias for the first sack of his career. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Highlights from Danny Shelton‘s media availability after Tuesday’s practice:

(on first career sack vs. Idaho State) It feel good, man. Any time you can get a solo sack, it’s one of the greatest feelings ever.

(and a little celebration on the sideline) Yeah, I tried to hold it in. I went to the sideline and all the boys came up, so it was exciting.

(a lot of firsts for a lot of guys on Saturday) The way our schedule was set up, I think it was just perfect. Coaches knew with Idaho State, they’re a good team, but we came with the mentality that we were going to dominate in everything. And when we had the younger guys get in, they knew they had to take advantage of their chances and show the coaches what they had, so it was pretty exciting to see everybody get their ‘first’ of everything — the sack (by) Marcus (Farria), Cleveland (Wallace) with his pick, Cyler (Miles) with his runs and touchdown pass.

(this week) I definitely feel like this week is really different. The first three games I feel like it was still camp kind of and we’re just (now) starting our season. That’s the way I’ve been looking at it. We got those three games out of the way and looking forward to the Pac-12 opener; just really excited to get to Pac-12 play.

(what comes to mind when you think of the Arizona game last year) Tempo. They were probably the fastest offense we played against last year and we’re looking forward to playing them again. We’re expecting them to be fast like last year, so we have a lot of adjustment.

(Was effort an issue in that game?) Yeah, definitely during the game last year I can remember us arguing, bickering. That’s what fast tempo does to teams. You get frustrated, tired and it messes up the communication. That’s why a lot of teams are (going) to high tempo.

(how are you better prepared for that tempo now?) We’ve been looking at it since spring ball with Coach Sark’s offense, and I feel like we’re pretty prepared. With today’s practice I feel like everybody’s prepared for the Pac-12 season.

(excited to face a down-hill running team?) Yeah, these last three weeks I feel like my game play hasn’t been at where it should be because of minor injuries and my shoulder. I feel way better now; it’s been three weeks of rehabbing and I feel great.  Just to know that this offensve line is going to be physically is challegeing but it’s exciting at the same time. I haven’t had to go against physical teams for awhile, so it’s a pretty cool feeling to be out there with those guys.

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